Random Notes

Security Through Adversity?

When we recently moved to a new home, I had to get a lawnmower. Having experience with petrol powered ones, I knew I wanted an electric powered mower. It has worked well and I enjoy not having to smell exhaust fumes. But the Makita designers have made an odd design choice.

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The Trouble with `

The grave accent, or more commonly in programmer circles, the backtick. A tiny character with so many uses. With the advent of computers, it has diversified its traditional role as an àccent with new purposes. It marks code in Markdown and Markdown-ish syntaxes. It delimits template literals in JavaScript. It executes code in shells and PHP. And it drives me up the wall.

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5 Years of Code::Stats

Five years ago, I was using a web service called Codeivate to track my programming habits. After some on–off, it finally went offline in the spring of 2016. So, during my company’s next hacking event, I started a new project to replace the missing service. That project became Code::Stats. Now, five years later, it’s still running and I’m still focused on improving it. I’m quite proud of what it has become, so here are some updated numbers from the database.

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Simple Configuration Setup for Elixir Projects (v1.11+)

I’ve written about Elixir configuration in an earlier post, describing the differences in the configuration styles. If you don’t know how Elixir configuration works, I suggest reading it also. In this post, I will demonstrate a system for configuring an Elixir project using the config/runtime.exs system introduced in Elixir 1.11. This system is how I configure my projects, so feel free take it as inspiration, but it’s not a law that you have to follow.

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Music I Like: Charm of Finches (2014–)

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Microsoft Asking Developers to Add Edge in Site Compatibility List

Last week I got a very curious email in my inbox. It supposedly came from Microsoft and was a report about Code::Stats’s compatibility on Edge and what modern browsers it suggests as a replacement for Internet Explorer. I will quote the key parts:

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Code::Stats Stickers for Sale Again

After setting up AhlCode and figuring out the taxing and accounting, I’m able to start selling Code::Stats stickers again. Read on to find out the specs!

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AhlCode and the Future of Code::Stats

On the 11th of May I set up a sole proprietorship with the name AhlCode. It is meant to legitimise and properly handle any income coming from my side businesses. The main aim at this point is to get some money back to compensate the server costs of things I host. But I wouldn’t complain if it resulted in some little profit also.

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Elixir: Time for Some Configuration

Configuring Elixir applications is a common problem point for new developers and I’ve seen many questions about it in the community chats. So I thought to write down my knowledge in case it helps anyone.

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Blocked in China

Screenshot from website showing codestats.net is not accessible from China

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